‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ Uses Science As An Inspiration [AUDIO]

The three one-acts that make up “Sleep Rock Thy Brain” rely on new info about the science of sleep.

Review: In ‘Appropriate,’ the first act overshadows everything

“Tension builds plausibly from the semi-comic opening scenes to the dramatic explosion that results from the revelation that the clan’s father might have been something much worse than just emotionally disturbed.”

Review: ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ is profound on many levels

“It’s a dramatic illustration of the way political repression undermines and corrupts human relationships.  It’s also a forceful illustration of both the futility of attempting to remain apart from life and the cost of doing so.”

Review: ‘O Guru Guru Guru’ an emotional onstage pilgrimage

“Avidon makes some courageous explorations in juggling several worlds that are part of our current culture. What idols can we turn to when we feel unsure about our lives?”

Review: ‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ combines inventive one-acts

“For director Amy Attaway, ‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ proves an ambitious undertaking. She was able to wrangle a good deal of order into the evening, which included nearly 25 actors in essentially three productions fused together.”

Review: Family secrets fester in ‘Appropriate’

“Is there any more charged situation than a dead parent and years of stored-up sibling acrimony?”

Will Eno and the terrible fate of being understood

“It seems that the search for the self has had a good hundred year run, or 150 year run here, and I thought maybe some slight corrective was needed,” says Eno.

The unconventional upbringing of ‘O Guru’ playwright Mallory Avidon

“To prepare for life as a playwright, she bought a portable orange record player that was delivered to her just last week. ‘It’s something that will make any hotel room feel like home immediately,’ she said.”

In ‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ three one-acts delve into the science of sleep

The actors really fly in “Sleep Rock Thy Brain,” which “features airborne actors trained by ZFX Flying Effects, the Louisville company that handles flying effects for Broadway shows and tours.”

‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ flies into Louisville [VIDEO]

How is flying the perfect metaphor for what happens in the brain during sleep?

Interview with ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ playwright Jeff Augustin [AUDIO]

“What is the role of an artist during times of great tyranny?”

Review: Pursuit of freedom, justice drives ‘Cry Old Kingdom’

“Jeff Augustin’s ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ is a sparkling example of why so many theater people descend on Louisville every spring.”

Review: ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ a promising debut

“Directed by Tom Dugdale, ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ is the ambitious story of three individuals searching for a clear pathway through a terrifying political climate. It’s a strong, if slightly uneven, debut from a young playwright with great potential.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ is smart, funny, tough to love

“‘Gnit’ is wickedly funny, relentlessly intelligent and very well-executed by director (and artistic director) Les Waters, the cast and the design team. It’s also tough to love.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ journey is fun, difficult

“The transformation [Peter Gnit] seeks on his journey ‘to discover, to uncover, the authentic self’ never gives him the dramatic return he seeks.”

Review: ‘Gnit’ takes the audience on a wild ride

“Gnit is oddly entertaining. And being an observer to Peter’s self-centered journey through life makes even the most egotistical among us seem saintly.”

Review: ‘Cry Old Kingdom’ looks at freedom in Haiti

“‘Cry Old Kingdom,’ a new play by Jeff Augustin that opened Sunday in its world premiere in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays, goes beyond the present-day Haiti to put his audience smack inside three lives wrenched by a chaotic chapter in the country’s political troubles.”

An interview with ‘Appropriate’ playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“Disturbing secrets are revealed and the siblings clash over clutter, debt and family history.”

Will Eno explores identity in ‘Gnit’

“It’s not necessarily identity in a political sense. It’s more about phrasing it as a question: ‘Do I exist?’ That isn’t meant to be too philosophical, but just the way a kid might say it or think it.”

Discovering Haiti: Immigrants’ son explores time of oppression

“In middle school I started reading about Duvalier and the Tonton Macoutes (the paramilitary force). It was a time of tyranny, and I became fascinated with it, especially considering the way my mom and grandma romanticized Haiti.”